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Death in Lacquer Red (Hilda Johansson Mysteries) Paperback – Apr 2001


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  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802776094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802776099
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,030,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
After thoroughly enjoying Ms Dams books and finding her character Dorothy Martin a vibrant and delightful character I was very disappointed in her new series. Her writing of the period and the life of an immigrant servant I am sure are well researched and accurate. The mystery was contrived and secondary to the story. Hilda Johansson at nineteen, although portrayed as an extremely intelligent young lady, was too brash and manipulating to come across as a character that I would be interested following on further adventures. If some of the characters had been developed further instead of being used just as Hilda's pawns I feel that the book would have had more life and Hilda would have been better portrayed. The most interesting part of the book was Ms Dams portrayel of the servant class at the turn of the century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
I loved Jeanne Dams' Dorothy Martin series and looked forward to reading about her new heroine Hilda Johansson. Unfortunately, I found Hilda an unsympathetic and unbelievable protagonist. The plot has Hilda, a Swedish servant in a well-to-do household, investigating the death of a relative of the prominent family next door. Hilda, with sixteen years of a Swedish upbringing and only three years in America (which according to my calculations makes her all of nineteen) is found entering into such wildly diverse activities as rescuing another immigrant wrongly accused of the murder, planting stories in the press, and of course outwitting the police, all while cleaning house. The book is well-researched in terms of the lives of the servant class in the year 1900 but I think Ms. Dams seems more in control of her material when writing about the middle years of her widowed and remarried expatriate Dorothy Martin.
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By A Customer on 17 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
After living in America for three years, Swedish immigrant Hilda Johansson works as a housemaid in the Studebaker mansion in South Bend, Indiana. Hilda saves all her money in order to help the rest of her family come to America even as she struggles with prejudice against foreigners.

Her world changes when she stumbles across the murdered body of a woman, who turns out to be from an eminent family. Hilda fears that the police will concentrate on the immigrant population as the suspects while ignoring the prominent families who employ them. She begins sleuthing until she places her own life in danger from a murderer who will kill again if necessary.

The debut appearance of amateur sleuth Hilda Johansson is a smashing success. Jeanne M. Dams' uncanny ability provides readers with insight as to what it felt like being a foreigner in 1900 America. The who-done-it is intriguing, especially the behavior of the interested groups like the immigrants, the elite, and the police. Award winning Ms. Dams, the author of the Dorothy Martin series, has scribed a phenomenal historical mystery that warrants follow-up tales.

Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on 14 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Hilda Johansson, a young servant in 1900 South Bend, is gutsy, clever and determined to solve a murder so that an innocent person doesn't get blamed. Dams makes her and the Indiana city come alive with meticulous research involving Notre Dame, Swedish Lutherans and even Decoration Day parades. Hilda lets nothing stand in her way, not even her well-meaning sisters and her "young man", Patrick. With her fellow servant, Norah, at her side, Hilda gets to the bottom of the crimes with a few surprises along the way. I enjoy Dorothy Martin, Jeanne Dams' other series character, but I like Hilda even more. I could see her coronet braids and hear her Swedish accent - that's what good writing is all about.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
What a disappointment! 23 Feb. 2000
By M. C. Crammer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This would never have been published as a first novel. I had read and loved earlier books by Jeanne Dams and was looking forward to reading this book. But the plot was almost nonexistent and the protagonist, young Helda, unbelievable and not very likeable. You had to do more than suspend disbelief with this book, since everything about the book was so improbable.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Farfetched and disappointing 3 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved Jeanne Dams' Dorothy Martin series and looked forward to reading about her new heroine Hilda Johansson. Unfortunately, I found Hilda an unsympathetic and unbelievable protagonist. The plot has Hilda, a Swedish servant in a well-to-do household, investigating the death of a relative of the prominent family next door. Hilda, with sixteen years of a Swedish upbringing and only three years in America (which according to my calculations makes her all of nineteen) is found entering into such wildly diverse activities as rescuing another immigrant wrongly accused of the murder, planting stories in the press, and of course outwitting the police, all while cleaning house. The book is well-researched in terms of the lives of the servant class in the year 1900 but I think Ms. Dams seems more in control of her material when writing about the middle years of her widowed and remarried expatriate Dorothy Martin.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An interesting period piece but a failure as a mystery 10 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After thoroughly enjoying Ms Dams books and finding her character Dorothy Martin a vibrant and delightful character I was very disappointed in her new series. Her writing of the period and the life of an immigrant servant I am sure are well researched and accurate. The mystery was contrived and secondary to the story. Hilda Johansson at nineteen, although portrayed as an extremely intelligent young lady, was too brash and manipulating to come across as a character that I would be interested following on further adventures. If some of the characters had been developed further instead of being used just as Hilda's pawns I feel that the book would have had more life and Hilda would have been better portrayed. The most interesting part of the book was Ms Dams portrayel of the servant class at the turn of the century.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Flawed Beginning to New Series 16 May 2001
By P. Bigelow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the first entry in a new series by Dams featuring Hilda Johansson, a Swedish immigrant to 1900 South Bend, IN. Hilda works as a maid in the home of one of South Bend's scions. As she is returning from a day spent with her friend, Patrick, they discover the body of the sister of the next door neighbor, Judge Harper, in the bushes. Hilda knows that the police will not try to find the real killer, but will take the easy route and try to pin the blame on a fellow immigrant. She wants to prevent this, and begins investigating the murder herself with the help of Patrick, her sister, and fellow servants.
Dams has written a very good historical mystery. It will, however, anger some purists because she gave no clear-cut clues as to who the real killer was. That is less a problem than Hilda's obsession with saving a police suspect - she continually puts not only her job in jeopardy, but the jobs of those helping her - this after saying how difficult it would be to obtain another position if she were dismissed from the one she has. Her obsession makes no real sense, does not advance the story, and has little to do with the plot.
Dams' has a real talent for capturing the cadence of the characters' speech. The reader will find that Patrick's Irish lilt begins ringing in her head whenever he speaks and Hilda's English takes on the rhythm of her native language. The setting, while unusual, does not overwhelm the story nor does the history that Dams imparts. If you do not like Dams' other series featuring Dorothy Martin and have been reluctant to read this one, try this one, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
enjoyable characters but an uninteresting mystery 4 Mar. 2003
By audrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the first of a series of mysteries involving Hilda Johannson, a young Swedish immigrant who works in the largest mansion in South Bend, Indiana. Her two sisters and a brother also work in the town and she is courted, somewhat reluctantly, by Patrick, a charming Irish fireman. Her employers are kind, though the butler Mr. Williams is a bit of a tyrant, and things are generally good until Hilda and Patrick discover a murdered woman near the mansion.
There were a lot of things I liked about this book. Hilda is an intelligent young woman who manages to work successfully in an oppressive environment, but she also has character flaws, like a stubborn streak and a bad temper, and that makes her believable. Her friends and family are interesting, and Patrick is an admirable partner.
The mystery, however, was neither interesting nor explained well, though I trust other reviewers who like the author's work, and would give this series another try.
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